MSc Applied Ecology

University of Gloucestershire

Program Description

MSc Applied Ecology

University of Gloucestershire

Applied Ecology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

Work on live projects with external organisations while learning from the applied expertise of our research team

Our MSc in Applied Ecology provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills required for employment in field biology, ecology and related areas.You will follow a curriculum with a highly practical emphasis, undertaking hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. In the field, you will learn identification skills for a wide range of species in several key taxonomic groups. You will also learn industry-standard survey techniques such as Phase One Habitat Surveying, Habitat Condition Assessments, National Vegetation Classification and Bird Territory Mapping. Laboratory sessions will include use of microscopes in taxonomy and analysis of environmental parameters, such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status, to enable better understanding of species-environment interactions.

There will be numerous opportunities to work on on-going projects with linked organisations including wildlife trusts, zoos and wildlife parks, charities and public authorities. It is an expectation that assignments, and especially dissertation work, will have direct impact on understanding and management of species and their environments.

The course is underpinned by the applied research expertise of the teaching team in applied ecology, including conservation of species in the wild and in captivity, biotic responses to climate change, avian and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology. An additional theme of citizen science develops awareness of the role of public engagement in surveying and conserving species in their environment.

Study style

Assessment is via a range of coursework, with an emphasis on field and laboratory research and consultancy reports.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Mature students with substantial relevant work experience may be considered without a degree qualification
  • We particularly welcome applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as: Biology, Animal Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Geography or Environmental Sciences
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Careers

  • Field-based or research roles within ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Careers within ecological communication, policy or education departments of ecological organisations

Industry links

You will benefit from live project work with linked organisations including wildlife trusts, zoos and wildlife parks, charities and public authorities. We also have links with local, national and international ecological organisations including Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The Mammal Society, Natural England, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Birdlife International.

Programme specifications

MSc Applied Ecology

Work on hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings

In the field you will learn industry-standard survey techniques such as Phase One Habitat Surveying, Habitat Condition Assessments, National Vegetation Classification and Bird Territory Mapping. Laboratory sessions will include use of microscopes in taxonomy and analysis of environmental parameters, such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status.

Work on on-going projects with linked organisations

There will be numerous opportunities to work on on-going projects with linked organisations including wildlife trusts, zoos and wildlife parks, charities and public authorities, with the expectation that assignments, and especially dissertation work, will have direct impact on understanding and management of species and their environments.

Underpinned by applied research expertise

Benefit from the applied research expertise of our teaching team, including conservation of species in the wild and in captivity, biotic responses to climate change, avian and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology.

Field trips to locations such as South Africa

To help you build your experience you will have opportunities to take part in field trips to locations such as nature reserves in the Severn Vale, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and South Wales. There are also opportunities to undertake residential fieldwork at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Duration
Duration
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
4,980 GBP
Information
Deadline
Start date Aug. 2017
Place
United Kingdom Cheltenham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration Request Info
Price 4,980 GBP
- Home/EU, 11,950 GBP - Non-EU